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Tom Morello

Lesson time 2:40 min

Tom wraps up his class with a few parting words and an artistic challenge to you: “Envision something that goes beyond what anybody’s imagined before—” and never stop pushing.

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Tom Morello
Teaches Electric Guitar
In 26 lessons, Grammy-winning musician Tom Morello will teach you the guitar techniques, rhythms, and riffs that define his signature style.
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If only I had $1 for every time someone said to me, shut up and play guitar. Stop mixing politics with music. And what I always respond is when I picked up a guitar, I didn't put down my First Amendment rights. I don't think it's important to combine activism and music. It is for me. What is important is to combine what you believe in and the music that you make. Make sure there's not a firewall between who you are, what you believe in, and what you do in your art. There's a extra hot place in hell for artists who have convictions and who stifle them for commercial gain. For me, it's always been damn the torpedoes. This is who I am. This is what I believe in. I can't help myself but let that leak its way into-- pour its way into what I do as a guitarist and as a songwriter. So I'm not encouraging you to be political in your songwriting. What I'm encouraging you to be is honest in your songwriting. And whatever it is that you care about, write about that. But an important part of the human experience is the struggle for a more decent and just planet. An important part of human experience is love, is romance, is sizzurp. But don't-- you can write about-- if that's important to you, then by all means write about it, because I want to hear your authentic story. Right now you're a guitar player, and you don't know what your potential is. So find out. You might be the one to think of things that none of us have ever thought up before. You can use the building blocks that some others have given you. But the future, as my man Joe Strummer said on my favorite rock and roll T-shirt of all time, the future is unwritten. The future's unwritten. There's no telling what it can be. You're the one that can write it. You can stand on the sidelines with your art, with your politics, or you can envision something that goes beyond what anybody's imagined before as an artist or in creating a better world. It's entirely 100% up to you. [MUSIC PLAYING]


Strike a Chord

Tom Morello is a two-time Grammy winner and one of Rolling Stone’s "greatest guitarists of all time." In his first online guitar class, the co-founder of Rage Against the Machine will teach you the riffs, rhythms, and solos that launched his career and sent his music to the top of the charts. Tom will share his approach to making music that challenges the status quo and teach you how to create your own musical style.



Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Mr. Morello inspired me so I have to make more my own music now.

Very honest, open and explores what it means to be a music artist

Terrific. One of the best classes I took. There were some repetitive video clips that were somewhat strange, but ultimately, a worth while class.

Most revealing to me is the fact that Tom Morello only cooks with water himself. He explains his complete process without keeping secrets. Really appreciate his class.


Comments

James A.

I don't even play lead guitar but this has been the best (!!!!!!) masterclass in general out of the 15 or so I've taken. Many celebrities seem to just do barely enough---like they did not want to work too hard or spend a lot of time with us plebes but Mr. Morello you have done a most fabulous job from start to finish and I wish more classes were like this one.

Kevin B.

Wow! This has been an amazing experience. I knew this class would be good but I didn't know it would be THIS good. I'll also be working on it for a long time but I look forward to enjoying every minute. Thank you Tom Morello for your teaching ability and your honesty. I am truly inspired!

Darragh M.

I really enjoyed this and I will be working on it for a long time more. I bought the Digitech Whammy and installed the kill switch and it has really opened me up to making new sounds.

Ed H.

Surprisingly good class, altogether. Thanks for the real encouragement Tom.

Erick S.

Thank you very much for your honesty, Master Tom Morello, my deepest RESPECT for you and the art that you've created.

Bakerru

I was a kid when I discovered RATM & Tom Morello through Guitar Hero lll. 10+ years later I was taking lessons on an actual guitar with Tom Morello himself. The universe works in weird ways. Perfect course.

Jaime H.

Tom, thank you so much. Fantastic. Such an excellent, educational and inspiring class. I hope to do it justice.

Vickie V.

I get so annoyed when I hear people say that artists need to shut-up and play. What they believe often fuels their art. Also, can you imagine if someone told you that you didn't have the right to talk about anything other than whatever it is you do for a living? If you don't like it, don't buy their stuff. Move on.

Angela K.

I have never played guitar in my life. I took this class to get life lessons, but the class was so remarkable and fascinating that I can’t wait to start jamming away. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

A fellow student

SOOOOOOOOO GOOOODDDDD!!!! Tom you're actually insane. This masterclass has helped me improve as a guitar player and artist like I never thought possible. I am so glad this is a thing and can't thank you enough. Forever a legend thank you so much! Love you man.